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Strathearn Tartan

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Most of the literature points to this as a tartan adopted by the Duke of Kent (father of Queen Victoria) who was Colonel of the Royal Scots (First Royals) 1801-1821.  Its origin as a pattern appears to be as a District Tartan.  The name Strathearn is derived from the old Stewartry of Strathearn in Perthshire.  There have been several persons, both male and female styled de Strathearn, and these may well have been the sons and daughters of the Earls; however probably many more were so called because of having come from that district.  

First to be recorded as possessing the name, were Maucolum de Strathearn and Robert de Strathrene. These were among those who rendered homage to the English King in 196.  

Patrick de Strathearn was a witness to a resignation of lands in the Barony of Drumelzier in 1331.  Walter Stradher of Strathearn was acquainted with the Earl of Murref during the year 1390, and in 1474 Thom of Strathern, or Sterthern, was a tenant in Chapeltoun of Kethyk.  

An assignation of the lands of Tulibaglis by Thomas Strethern, heir of Richart Strathern, is recorded in 1462, and Mungo Stratherne was a witness in Linlithgow in 1538.  The name, being territorial in origin, is not claimed by any clan as a sept.  However, several clans were associated with the areas, notably the Murrays, Drummonds and MacGregors; and it is reasonable to assume that most, if not all, of the people in this area came under the influence of one or other of these clans at some time.

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